This Sunday’s (April 2nd) ‘Sunday Worship’ on Radio 4 comes from Neath Methodist Church and is led by the Synod Chair, Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley together with the Superintendent Minister Rev. Chris Gray, and the Swansea Bach Choir. It’s one of a series following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book, ‘Dethroning Mammon; making money serve grace’ which this week takes the theme; ‘What we give, we gain.’ It goes out at 8.10 am this Sunday on Radio 4,but if you miss it live, you can listen to it again on the Radio 4 IPlayer.
The Synod Youth Work Action Group have exciting news for you.
On the weekend of 4th – 6th August 2017, we are holding the first METHODIST YOUTH WALES ACTIVITY WEEKEND.
This event will take place in Abernant Lake Hotel, Llanwrtyd Wells. This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for the young people of the Methodist Church in Wales to come together to share time, space and fellowship together and experience the connexional nature of Methodism within their own country. We have been able to negotiate some excellent prices for the event with an early bird discount of £95 per place available until 31st March 2017 (£105 thereafter). Click here to download the poster
As you are aware, there has been a great deal of success in the recent Youth Exchange to Jamaica. Nine young people from Wales travelled to Jamaica to experience new cultures and customs, share time and space in a new environment, and explore their own faith on a bigger map. This event is coupling with the return visit of ten Jamaicans to Wales to experience in this country, all that the Welsh young people were able to in their time away.
The BBC Radio Wales Celebration service for Sunday 12th March (the Second Sunday in Lent) will be a studio-based service led by the Synod Chair, Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley.
Rev. Keith Tewkesbury was inspired by the work of All We Can after visiting Uganda a few years ago. Keith says, ‘I met some inspiring people like Jonathan, a farmer in a remote location who, with assistance from All We Can, helps his neighbours by bringing them together so they can pool their resources, develop new crops, support each other in hard times and live with confidence and faith for the future. I will never forget him. He lives so joyfully and generously and continues to inspire and motivate me to raise even more money for All We Can. I have seen first hand what a big difference to someone’s life and their community a little extra help can make. All We Can truly makes a remarkable difference.’
Having Run in the Snowdonia Half Marathon in 2015 Keith feels he’s ready for another challenge – the big one this time! He will be running in the London Marathon on 23rd April and would be grateful if anyone would like to sponsor him. If you are able to help Keith and ‘All We Can’ you can donate by clicking on the link below. Thank you.
The Wales Synod is pleased to support the work of the Amelia Trust Farm, as do many individual members who act as volunteers there and local churches which offer financial support. The Farm has a new website, so if you want to find out more about what goes on there and how you can support it please click here to visit.
This year again, Rev. Irfan John, our Synod Enabler Culturally Diverse Congregations, Wales, arranged Christmas programmes in different locations with the same purpose: to introduce culturally diverse congregations to each other and to the local community.
Caldicot: On 26th November, the famous Nativity was taken to Caldicot. The churches of the town came together in unity to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. The team started out by singing carols out on the high street of Caldicot and later went inside the Caldicot Methodist Church to perform the multi-ethnic nativity play.
Swansea: On 4th December, at Uniting Church Sketty, carols were sung in various languages by people of multi-ethnic origin. The Word of God was shared and the body of Christ enjoyed fellowship together with food and by cake cutting.
Cardiff: In Cardiff, there was another proclamation and celebration of the birth of Jesus. The Urdu Fellowship sang Christmas Carols during the Christmas Bazaar at Trinity Centre. From there, they went to the Cardiff High Street to publicly do carol singing there in various languages including, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, English and Welsh.
Newport, Merthyr, Bargoed and Haverfordwest: Along with the places above, the message of Christmas was shared in homes as groups went for Carol singing in these places also. The way the angels proclaimed Jesus’ birth to the shepherds, people of many ages and backgrounds shared in this message this Christmas.
Congratulations to TCC, the broad-based community organisation in North East Wales which has won a 2016 Guardian Charity Award particularly for its work with the Syrian Refugee resettlement project. Both Regent Street, Wrexham and St Andrew’s, Connah’s Quay are members of TCC and the article on the Guardian website (below) includes footage of Rev Richard Sharples explaining the project.
A group of over 25 people of all ages and from different churches in Buckley and Mold set off together to walk from Our Lady of the Rosary, Buckley to Mold, St David’s Catholic Church, reflecting on the suffering of migrants, and their perils as they attempt the dangerous crossing of the seas in the hope for a better future. We took it in turns to carry the simple Lampedusa cross, put together by an Italian carpenter, made out of drift wood of stranded migrant ships. For too many of the migrants the wrecked ships not only shattered their dreams of arriving in their new ‘Heimat’ but also broke up families and are stark reminder of the many lost lives. The ‘lucky’ ones who arrived safely still feel lost, hurt and not always welcome. Yet this cross is also a symbol of the immense generosity of many unsung heroes, who welcomed these strangers with open arms, sharing the little they have. Some of the participants are pictured at one of the prayer stops on the pilgrimage; Buckley Cross Methodist Church, with the Revd Rosemarie Clarke holding the Lampedusa Cross in the centre of the picture.
Katja Jewell & Rosemarie Clarke
Penlan Methodist Church was pleased to host a special Mission celebration last Sunday 9th October. Folk from the Swansea & Gower Circuit were joined by members of the Zimbabwean Fellowship from Newport and Bristol for an afternoon of fun, food and fellowship – and the opportunity to do some drumming. The celebrations were organised by Rev Siperire Mugadzaweta and Win Hawkins and included the opportunity to hear more about the work of the Circuit Mission project the Zimbabwe Orphans (ZRJ) charity.
The celebrations concluded with a service at which the Synod Chair preached on the theme of ‘Holiness and Justice’ and Mr Jeff Coleman was presented with a certificate marking 40 years as a Local Preacher.